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Nearly 700 receive degrees at Southern University

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Proud graduates walked across the stage at the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Friday.

Southern University has nearly 700 candidates receiving degrees this year.

The spring 2017 class included 447 undergraduate degree candidates and 191 candidates for graduate degrees. The youngest graduate is 21-years-old and the oldest graduate is 73-years-old.

The South African ambassador to the U.S. delivered the commencement address to the 2017 graduating class. Mninwa J. Mahlangu, who was appointed in October of 2014 by the President of South Africa to serve as ambassador to the U.S., addressed the crowd of graduates Friday morning.

The ambassador recently spoke at a ceremony at Southern to re-dedicate one of the school's programs in honor of the late Nelson Mandela. 

For more information, visit www.subr.edu.

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